As a service to residents and others who pay sewer utility bills, mayor's court fines and zoning fees, the Sunbury Village Council voted on April 18 to provide a computerized method to pay by credit card.

As a service to residents and others who pay sewer utility bills, mayor's court fines and zoning fees, the Sunbury Village Council voted on April 18 to provide a computerized method to pay by credit card.

The council approved a service agreement with the Official Payments company to have the system in place within 60 days.

Village Fiscal Officer Kathy Belcher told council members at a fiscal committee meeting prior to the regular council session on April 18 that the village will purchase a $90 card reader to be plugged into a computer at the municipal building.

Residents and others making credit card payments to the village can come in and use that computer.

In addition, Belcher said a link will be put on the village website, Sunburyvillage.com, so people can make online payments.

"It's just a convenience," Belcher said.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield said village officials have discussed doing this for some time. The only out-of-pocket expense will be buying the card reader, he said.

Under terms of the agreement, Official Payments will charge a fee for each transaction.

Sewer utility payments will cost $2.95 for each transaction while court fines and zoning fee payments will be $3.95 each.

Belcher said officials don't know how many people will use the credit card system, but noted the village does have about 1,400 sewer customers, mostly residential. The average residential sewer bill is between $35 and $40 a month.

The council also accepted the annual report of the Sunbury Enterprise Zone Tax Incentive Review Council on Enterprise Zone Programs for 2011. The program provides tax breaks and incentives for new business investment.

American Showa, an auto parts and supplies manufacturer, is part of the zone and added a research and development facility and some other plant expansion last year. Because of that, it must pay $21,098 to the Big Walnut Local School District by May 31.

Village administrator Dave Martin said after the meeting that the school district is not part of the Enterprise Zone agreement and any new taxes would have to be paid to it.

In other business, council:

• Heard from Village Engineer Wes Hall that he will solicit informal bids from three or four companies to do about $25,000 worth of road repair this spring.

No roads have been selected yet. Formal bids are not required because the amount falls below what is required for such bids. Funding will come from the village street fund.

• Heard that an industrial arts class at Big Walnut High School might be able to provide inexpensive signage for park entrances in the village.

Councilman Joe Gochenour showed a mock-up of a sign for Freedom Park. It had a rendering of the town hall with the village name and park name below it. Trees flanked the village hall.

Gochenour and Councilman Dave Miller, both members of the parks committee, said after the meeting that recycled materials, such as plastic, could be used to make maintenance-free signs. These signs would cost much less than wood or metal signs, they said.